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Thursday, January 03, 2013

A partnership between Esri and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) means access to ArcGIS for K-12 students, teachers and school administrators in the State of Michigan for free. The article in the local paper says those beneficiaries can "join the geospatial revolution today!"

The partnership website has all the details about how to download, register and use the software along with professional development for teachers and access to Virtual Campus courses. A course titled Internet GIS Resources for Education (details in pdf) is being offered in January for professional development. The courses uses the free to download version of Mapping Our World, Level 2 of Our World GIS Education. I could find no details of th elicense under which these materials are delivered.

- press release (Dec 10, 2012) via Esri newsfeed of PR posted as article at Ypsilanti Courier

What's the cost of a voluntary GPS-based truancy reduction system in use in nine Austin schools?

The Austin school district pays AIM based on performance: $47 for each additional average daily attendance day a student is in class, with a total annual amount not to exceed $1 million.

The investment must be worth it; public schools get federal funding based on how many students are in school each day. So, upping those numbers may more than pay for the system.

- Austin Statesman

Dr Richard Tipping's team at the University of Stirling will research the topography of the Carse of Stirling in an attempt to recreate the surroundings of the famous battle in 1314.

The Leverhulme Trust is funding the work with £120,000 by to carry out the work which will be used by the National Trust for Scotland to recreate the battlefield in a visitor center for a 700 anniversary project.

- BBC

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/03 at 05:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update 1/9/13: here's  a link to the contract. I had to ask WCSA to help me find it. Thank you!

--- original post 1/3/13 ----

The Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials, working in collaboration with the states of Colorado, Montana, Oregon and Utah, have awarded four contracts for GIS public cloud hosting services to Dell, Dewberry, Esri and Unisys. 

The final contract stems from  a request for information put out two years ago. The goal was  cost efficiencies, flexibility and scalability, and reduction in staff support time. During the research process the Alliance learning that cloud computing is more complex than expected and broadened the original tasks a bit to include general cloud hosting and infrastructure-as-a-service as well as cloud GIS. That's why there are two more GIS-y vendors (Esri, Dewberry) and two more cloud-y ones (Dell, Unisys).

The contract is open to any jurisdictions (tribal too) within Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and other approved states and federal agencies. 

The contract is not yet listed among those on the WSCA wesbite. 

- GCN

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/03 at 04:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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